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This week on Animal Zone Arthur and Laura visit Jamie McLeod’s Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary and discover how Buda the parrot was captured in New Guinea.
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This week on AnimalZone we visit K-Nine Solutions in Santa Ynez, a boarding and training facility. Owners Eric Smith and Justin Davanzo share insights to animal training and how dogs respond to earned treats and rewards. Jamie McLeod of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary introduce us to Bobby Houdini and Buda and the Pet Psychic, Laura Stinchfield, discovers how Buda was captured in New Guinea. Artist Zoe Elliott shows how she uses digital technology to create paintings of dogs and cats
On this episode of Animal Zone we visit Tyson and Val at Willow Creek Ranch.
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Its all smiles this week on AnimalZone as we learn the secrets of great pet photography from Wendy Domanski of WinkFace Photography. Laura Stinchfield, The Pet Psychic, talks with a former Disneyland horse, Tyson, that got spooked recently causing his owner to suffer an injury. Then Darsana, who adopted Kodak, an energetic pit bull from the Santa Barbara Humane Society, describes the adoption process and outcome of bringing Kodak into his forever home.
First Published in the Santa Barbara News-Press
Many months ago, I fell in love with a painting at the Primavera Art Gallery.
It was thousands of dollars above my budget, but I snapped a photo of it anyway. The painting was of a small box shaped house that reminded me of a lighthouse. Since a young girl, I have always loved lighthouses. The idea that even in stormy weather a sailor could rely on a flashing light though the fog and the sound of mariner’s bell to alert them of home or rocky waters always calmed my restlessness. This house had its porch light on, another symbol to me of arriving home safely. Soon after I saw the painting, it started to show up in my visions during meditations. I would find myself walking up the steps into the house and then either upstairs or out the back door into mystical worlds or places to study.
One morning during my meditation, I found myself out the back door of the house. I had long thin legs. Effortlessly, I took flight. I was a white crane flying over the waves at the edge of the water. I could smell and feel the spray of the ocean and sense the wind touching every muscle and feather as I was lifted higher above the water. I flew through sunlight and puffy clouds in a world more vivid than this one, wishing it would never end. In a moment, I found myself landing in the arms of a man. I could feel his strong biceps supporting my bird body against his chest. He stroked my head and my back kindly. I pushed my head up against his cheek and wondered if this is how birds feel when they find themselves safe with a human friend. I looked down at my crane feet and they morphed into webbed ones. Was I now a white duck or a goose? My conscience rose from the depth of my heart. I did not want to trick this man into believing I was solely a bird. I flew from his arms and turned around using my will to turn me back into a woman. I felt the ocean fog around me and a white dress drape on my body. I wondered, “Do I now look like the ghost of woman from an old movie?”
Then I was aware of my breath, the blanket around me, and my chihuahua stirring to the rising sun out the bedroom window.
I went back to the gallery that day to visit the painting. It was thousands of dollars cheaper but still thousands more than I could spend. Months went by. Primavera closed. I wrote the artist telling her how much I loved her painting and made her an offer. The next day she accepted. I was thrilled. We became friendly via email both lovers of art and animals. A few days, later she writes, “I made a big mistake! I thought the painting was sent back… Much to my surprise it wasn’t. I had two pieces of the lighthouses and I thought the other one was sold. I feel really bad! I am sending you another painting of a bird at no cost. This is called “Crane Wife,” referring to one of my favorite folk tales of a Japanese wife who is a shape-shifter. The painting was hanging at the American Embassy in Kuwait for a couple of years, having been selected to be part of the Art in Embassy program.”
I was stunned. The house was a lighthouse after all. Aw, it’s gone. Did I read the email correctly? Is she gifting me a painting? Of a woman who shape-shifts into a crane? Words cannot express my sense of awe and gratitude.
The “Crane Wife” is hanging by my front door. She stands just outside a door at the water’s edge with the darkness behind her and light upon her chest. When I gaze at her, I am reminded of all that is safe and wonderful in this miraculous world.
“Crane Wife” and the painting “Before Point No Point” was painted by my new friend Treacy Ziegler. www.treacyzieglerfineart.com instagram @treacyziegler
Watch what Mikey the Pit Bull has to say
on Animal Zone Season 2 episode 4!
We also talk about what to say to your animals when you go on vacation, how Mikey feels about his person Arthur and pit bulls’ reputations.
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Also on AnimalZone this week, Arthur von Wiesenberger visits with Jamie McLeod of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary and discover some of the unique qualities of cockatoos and macaws. At the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s Educational Center. He meets with Dr. Whitney O’Malley who is teaching a class of preschoolers important ways to interact and pet a dog. Later, Kerri Burns, Executive Director of the SBHS, takes the class on a tour of the cat and dog areas at the shelter. Laura Stinchfield, the Pet Psychic, talks with Mikey The Pit Bull and tells us some of his hopes and wishes.
Animal Zone airs Saturday on Cox Cable Channel 4 at 5:30 PM and on Channel 17 on Sunday at 7:30 PM. All episodes are also on www.AnimalZone.org
Watch what Mikey the Pit Bull has to say on Animal Zone! We also talk about what to say to your animals when you go on vacation. Click here too watch the video: https://youtu.be/aYcE1QTMngI?t=1344 Also on AnimalZone this week, Arthur von Wiesenberger visit with Jamie McLeod of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary and discover some of the unique qualities of cockatoos and macaws. At the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s Educational Center. He meets with Dr. Whitney O’Malley who is teaching a class of preschoolers important ways to interact and pet a dog. Later, Kerri Burns, Executive Director of the SBHS, takes the class on a tour of the cat and dog areas at the shelter. Laura Stinchfield, the Pet Psychic, talks with Mikey The Pit Bull and tells us some of his hopes and wishes. Animal Zone airs Saturday on Cox Cable Channel 4 at 5:30 PM and on Channel 17 on Sunday at 7:30 PM. All episodes are also on www.AnimalZone.org
Luca’s words of wisdom, “Love wins”. He offered this wisdom while listening to a friend and I talk about relationships.
Clyde spends his days in the back yard. Sometimes he comes in by himself in the late afternoon. Yesterday evening, he did not want to come in. It was a perfect beautiful day. He kept running around the yard doing zoomies and clicking his hind legs like an Irishman in play. He runs at me as fast as he can and then runs under Hudson like a tunnel. This photo was taken right before he let me pick him up. It’s his last plead to being able to stay out longer. “Come on, mom. It’s so nice out. I’ll come in right after dark.” He has a big salad waiting for him inside so he was happy once he was in.
Death, Dying and the Afterlife
Visit To Animal Farm
I have been asked to video log by some followers. So here is my first attempt. In this video I take my dogs to visit my friend Tina’s Animal Farm. We talk to turkeys, horses, sheep, goats…
Filmed on an iphone being held the wrong way (sorry) and edited by me. It is rough, but it is a day in the life of me.
Meet Laura’s Animals
Two dogs: Stormy and Luca
Two cats: Serafina and Makia
and bunny Bean.
Hear them talk about the beach, what they smell, their lives before Laura, their relationships and hear their advice to you.
Laura Meets Old Animal Friends
Laura Stinchfield Pet Psychic / Animal Communicator visits old animal friends for the first time in six years. Friends include: Dot the cat, Lula the dog, Trouble Kitty the cat, Kimmie the horse, & Navi the horse. They talk about friendship, love, declawing cats, and how to care for horses.
Rain Walk & Encounter With Coyote
Laura takes her dogs for a walk in the rain. Coyote! Learn how to explain to your animal about how coyotes can be dangerous.
Photos on this vlog by Jeff Muth. Check out more of his photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdmuth
Session with standard poodle Simone
and her dad E Vincent Martinez.
Atlanta, GA December 2011
How I got started as a People Medium:
Deceased Loved Ones
Anyone Who Can Not Speak for Themselves
While growing up my mother talked about the presence of fairies and my father would occasionally see ghosts. My mother’s stories of the fairy realm kept us children captivated. My father’s ghostly encounters were a source of amusement at adult cocktail parties. I was brought up believing that seeing and communicating with other dimensions was not only possible, but also very real.
As long as I can remember, I have been conversing with the dead. I have memories as far back as being toddler being spoken to by an old man on the staircase of our house. When I was nine, my family visited Stonehenge and Bath, England where ancient spirits would whisper to me into the night.
When my babysitter died, I remember her spirit sitting on my bed telling me she was well and that it was ok to cry. It took me a while to understand that when I get goose bumps (first on my left arm and then on my right) that it is a dead person trying to get my attention. The chilling feeling similar to being cold without the dropping temperature always would stop me and give me a curious feeling.
When my best friend’s mom died of cancer, I spoke to her as if she was still alive. In junior high, I ruined my friend’s slumber party because I was seeing ghosts watching us in her house. I kept saying to the kids that were leaving, “They wont hurt you. I promise.”
As a teenage I was obsessed with Stephan King and Edgar Alan Poe soaking up any knowledge that would help me to explain the dark side of things that I would occasional witness. I played with the Ouija board and always knew when it was a real spirit pushing the dial or some kid fooling around.
In my adult hood, I encountered evil spirits around people and watched how they could make people suffer. When I heard of someone being murdered or if a family friend died, I would see their spirit in my mind’s eye and hear them talking to me, pleading with me to write down their message and give them to their loved ones. Many times I wrote them down but never gave them to their loved ones on earth in fear it may hurt them somehow. Now I wished I had saved those letters. They would be a great comfort.
As an adult, I have become an authority in the field of the afterlife of animals (click here to order a deceased animal communicator session). Clients would plead to me to speak to their deceased humans, but I always refused. I thought dead people where rude. They would sit at the end of my bed or on the passenger seat of my car and insist on me telling their people messages. They drained me of energy and invaded my space. I was not passionate of their plight. I found animals much more kind and respectful.
Though in private, I enlightened myself by talking to deceased people who interested me like my great grandmother, Gandhi, Jim Morrison, Agatha Christie, Jane Austin, Henry David Thoreau, Nostradamus, Krishnamurti, Edgar Cayce, Charles Linbergh, Charles Yeager, Walt Disney and others. They comforted me and gave me wise insights into my life. They encouraged me to continue with my endeavors.
In 2007, my friend’s 13 year old daughter was killed in a plane crash. I hated to see my friend suffering and I felt like I could help her. She asked me if I could speak to her daughter and I accepted.
This is what she writes about the experience. “I first met Laura a few years ago when I hired her to talk to my horses and my dogs. I found her ability to truly hear and communicate with my animals astounding. She told me things that the animals told her about their prior training, lives, experiences that only they and a few other people knew. The detail that Laura was able to pick up and tell me was amazing.
After a terrible accident that killed my daughter and her father, I asked Laura to talk to both my daughter Talia, and her father Michael. I had spoken with other mediums before who had communicated with both of them, but Laura’s ability to hear and speak to Talia and Michael was beyond anyone else’s I have ever experienced. She actually relayed entire sentences, thoughts, desires from Talia and Michael to me, not just little tid-bits of information that I was used to hearing from other communicators. It was as if Talia and Michael were sitting with Laura and I and we were all communicating. A true question and answer session. It was inspiring, healing, and exciting for me. I recommend Laura to everyone who wants to hear from a loved one that is in spirit.”
Since then I have helped thousands of people connect with their loved ones in spirit. I have learned to have boundaries and now rarely encounter an “evil” or draining spirits.
I have been very grateful that I have learned to use my gift for a greater good.
Click Here For Frequently Asked Questions About My People Medium Services.
Sample Questions People Ask During The Session:
Deceased Loved Ones: Where is my loved one now? Do they forgive me? Can they help me with business? How do they see me now? What are they doing and who are they with? Do they have any advice for me?
Anyone who can not speak for themselves: I can speak to anyone who can not speak for themselves. Babies, People with developmental disabilities, people in coma….
How I got started as a professional Pet Psychic:
My Childhood: I grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. My parents were extremely supportive of my connection to animals. They accepted all of my pets into the family: The pony I had to rescue when I was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten I had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet I begged my grandfather for, the rabbit for which I forged my parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival.
As long as I can remember, I knew what animals were thinking and feeling. I had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that I did. There were many people in my history that told me that my connection to animals was different, but I was not exactly sure what that meant.
Young Adult: Although I was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until I was a young adult that I begin to think seriously about animal communication. My first experience with professional “animal communication” and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk.
At that time I had a cat, named Juliette. When I would come home from traveling, she would give me an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of my arrival home, Juliette waited for me at the doorstep and slept with me purring all night long…a behavior she had never done before.
The second experience was with my German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When I was eighteen years old, I rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. She instantly became my best friend. In 1996, I moved to California and began to study animal communication with Carol Gurney.
A few days after I returned from her training program, I lied down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?”
As clear as thunder I heard her answer back, “Mom, I am dying inside”.
Two months later, I found out she had cancer and I had to help Lala transition to heaven. Being present for her transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of my life. It is because of this experience that I have been able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends.
Then came Maia, my German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Her story is too long to tell here. I will say, she is the sole reason I became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. I also learned how the importance of study animal body language. You can read about that on the animal communication page.
In 1996 and 1997, I went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of my journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of body with that of emotional health.
During the same years, I studied and became a Reiki Master.
My methods, teachings, and knowledge grow with every animal I encounter. I also grow with my interaction with other animal practitioners. These are the people who dedicate their lives or part of their lives to the welfare of animals.
I dedicate my life to teaching humans and animals to understand each other. Animals have an amazing ability to process complex situations. They take on our stress. They understand work stress, children’s issues, divorce, emotional and physical illness, and our insecurities and fears. They can give us wise insight into our lives. If we learn to communicate with them more clearly, their confusion and behavior problems begin to drift away and we in return become more peaceful people
I am blessed to be able to talk to them and to understand them. I am blessed to be their translator, teacher, therapist, student, and their friend.
I live in Ojai, California with Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse).
Click Here For Frequently Asked Questions About My Pet Psychic / Animal Communicator Services.
Click Here To Read Why I Believe Reading Animal Body Language and Paying Attention To Your Thoughts Is Important.
When we are all too tired to walk: Luca (poodle) says, “Sometimes I just want to be left alone so I can feel the good earth underneath me.” Easter says, “I have done all the exploring I can for today. I will now let the experience come to me.” Felix says, “It is nice to be here in the present moment.”
Laura Stinchfield – The Pet Psychic ® and her dogs Easter, Luca, Felix and Hudson
How to keep your dogs calm.
Why you shouldn’t worry or hold feelings of fear.
Why its important to train your animals.
Living In Joy
First published in the Santa Barbara News-Press
March 20, 2019
I used to feel so much suffering of others that I would spend a full day in bed each week, literally sleeping just to feel “normal”. I once spoke to a bear actor whose kidneys were in so much pain that the next day my back went out and I could not walk for three days, I have cried countless nights over clients animals dying of cancer, bunnies getting beauty products poured in their eyes, or people I know dying.
On my days off, I stayed in the woods avoiding people so that I didn’t have to feel the pain that I saw in their eyes. To take away the terror I saw in the world, I tried: meditating, juice fasting, bananas, sugar, herbs, salt baths, smudging sage, swimming, surfing, dirt bike riding, smoking pot, riding horses, calling in angels for protection, yoga, putting gold light around me, reading, neflix binges, countless hours of audible and podcast listening. All of them sustaining me into normalcy. What has helped me the most? The woods, audible, swimming, meditating, bananas, juicing, and spiritual protection are all a part of my daily routine with some of the others mixed in.
To be a great psychic, one has to know themselves. Know your thoughts, feelings and associations so that you can decipher what’s streaming through your consciousness. One has to be committed to self-growth and climb that ladder of self-discovery. One must be able say to yourself or others, “I got it wrong. I am sorry. I messed up.” or, “It wasn’t my fault. What can I learn from this in order to help myself and others out of suffering?”
I have never had a problem with having compassion for others’ plights, but this too is a lesson. It’s important to have boundaries on how other’s actions effect you. Whether it’s a person who is not dealing with their own stuff or a dog who is acting aggressive on a walk, there should still be boundaries. Once I realized that others’ pasts are not an excuse to stay in the pattern of bad behavior, some people drifted away while others started to show up in unexpected ways. People respected me and the animals stepped into more peaceful roles. I was content, but I still wasn’t living my fullest potential.
Because my heart was a sponge to suffering, I felt guilty for being happy when so many are hurting. I could rejoice in others happiness but felt guilty for my own. I realize now, we don’t have to suffer with the world just because we are committed to helping it. Of course, there are times when the sadness overtakes us, but it doesn’t have to rule us. Why didn’t I see this before? I intellectually knew it, but did I not feel worthy of feeling my own joy?
I saw all the beauty in secret. The people that smile engaged in a passion, flowers that are blooming, the way the light shines off the ocean, the animals that are miraculously healing, the intense love I receive from people about my work, the way my spirit feels when I make love, meditate, surf and swim and how it feels to share an accomplishment or an awesome idea. Why did I hold that in secret, not letting it radiate from my heart?
I don’t have to stay in the frequency of the suffering that I deal with daily. It’s ok to experience more bliss than suffering. The pains of the world still matter if I go out into the world radiating joy.
Won’t we be more productive working through hearts continually fueled by love than hearts constantly suffering with others? Do many of us need to ask ourselves this?
Makia my late cat once said,
“Make joy a priority.”
Happy Easter! It was two years ago today that Hudson came out of the woods with his best find ever, Easter! Happy Gotcha Day, Easter! Easter says, “The night before I was found, I slept with wild bunnies. I learned that after something scary comes something great. I’m glad Hudson and I found each other. I am staying in this family forever. I am happy. But don’t leave your animals in the woods. That’s not nice….mom says an angel told my old person to do it so we would find each other. I am happier now.”